10% rise in fixed telephone lines
Muscat - The sultanate’s total number of fixed telephone lines as of June stood at 464,989, marking a rise of 10.1 per cent compared to the end of 2016.
The fixed pre-paid and postpaid lines increased by 3.1 per cent to reach 306,399 in June 2017, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Fixed phone subscribers connected by internet protocol (IP) rose in June 2017 to touch 105,055 due to re-updating the method of calculating subscriptions and diverting such subscriptions to the IP technology.
The number of public phones stood at 6,801. ISDN channels grew by 3.3 per cent to reach 45,098. WLL connections also increased by 3.9 per cent to 1,636. The number of mobile phone lines grew by 3.8 per cent to 7,128,135. Pre-paid subscriptions rose by 3.8 per cent to 6,491,279. Internet subscribers grew to 314,859.
Active mobile broadband subscriptions reached 4,330,108.